Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/11/2016

Photo taken on January 10, 2016

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Canterbury Westgate

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Canterbury was first walled by the Romans around 300 AD. This has been consistently the most important of the city's gates as it is the Roman London Road entrance and the main entrance from most of Kent. At 60 feet high, it is the largest surviving city gate in England. It was built of Kentish ragstone around 1379 by Archbishop Sudbury to replace the earlier Roman gate.

Generations of medieval pilgrims passed under the gatehouse arch on their way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

From the 15th to the 19th century the West Gate served as the town prison, connected by a walkway to the police station next door. Above the portcullis slot is a 'condemned cell', where prisoners awaiting execution were held.

As you can see, the water level of the River Stour is quite high due to all the rain we have experienced recently.

Polyrus, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, William Sutherland have particularly liked this photo

William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Stunning castle!

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Doug Wall has replied to William Sutherland
Thanks William
19 months ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
A Great shot Doug of a gate that I walked through every morning & evening for about 5 years at least thr stour hasn't broken it's banks1
good info
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Doug Wall has replied to John Lawrence
The river was flowing fast and high though....
19 months ago.
Les's Photography AKA aligeeach
Les's Photography AK…
Thank you for posting this excellent image into the group it is reflecting beautifully in The Little Pond .
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